Provident Clothing & Supply - Data Processing Summary
For the last 3 years an NCR 315 has been employed in the shop accounting area. A project to integrate the whole of the company’s activity embracing credit issue, collections and shop accounting is now planned. The NCR 315 will be replaced with a very powerful dual processor 1906F.
Systems work has been progressing for over 15 months in anticipation of programming commencing on the 10th March 1969. This target date will be adhered to. The System team consists of eight people at the present time although additional analysts will be recruited in the near future.
The delivery of the 1906F will be phased as follows:-
1 May 1969 - install 1901 (16k) with 4 tapes 3 disks, card reader, printer.
2 March 1970 - install 1904F (32k) with 4 tapes, 3 disks, card reader, printer.
3 June 1970 - install 1904F (32k) with 4 tapes, 3 disks, card reader, printer.
4 June 1970 - combine both 1904F’s to become a 1906F - remove 1901.
From the above it can be established that the first machine is due within five months, This computer will be used purely for program/systems testing. It is anticipated that the first phase of the new system will "go alive" in mid 1970 on the 1906F. The investigation into the selection of a document reader is continuing and a decision will be made within the next few months.
Installation is anticipated in the Spring of 1970. It is anticipated that I.B.M. data preparation equipment will be used. The total number of staff within the Data Processing Department is expected to be around 120 by mid 1970.